April 21, 2017

Donate to Wildfire Relief and Buffett Will Double It

 |  By: Mike Opperman

Drovers, a Farm Journal Media franchise, and the Farm Journal Foundation proudly announced today acceptance of a historic challenge by global philanthropist and American farmer-rancher Howard G. Buffett to raise at least $2 million to help ranching victims of the devastating wildfires that burned 1.6 million acres in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado last month. Starting today, all monetary donations to the new Drovers/Farm Journal Foundation Million Dollar Wildfire Relief Challenge will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, up to $1 million.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime disaster that left ranchers with both immediate and longer-term needs to rebuild what they’ve lost,” said Howard G. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and also part of the ranching community in southeast Arizona. “We are pleased to partner with Drovers and the Farm Journal Foundation in this recovery effort and hope our matching contribution pledge inspires others to show their support.”

While the agricultural community rallied around those impacted by delivering hay and other in-kind contributions, the more protracted—and expensive—job of rebuilding has just begun. For example, an estimated 18,000 miles of fencing needs to be replaced at a cost of up to $10,000 a mile.

“We’re honored to be able to join forces with the Buffett Foundation to help ranchers when they need it most,” said Charlene Finck, Chief Content Officer of Farm Journal Media and President of the Farm Journal Foundation. “The outpouring of in-kind donations from farmers and ranchers helped ease the shock of the devastation, but the ranchers impacted are only beginning their long journey of recovery.”

All donations will be administered through the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, a respected national nonprofit dedicated to assisting working ranch cowboys and their families in times of need. To learn more visit www.WildfireReliefFund.org, a special website launched today to help you track wildfire relief efforts and keep up to date on the ranchers’ continuing story.